Patents Examined by David Z Huang
  • Patent number: 11913821
    Abstract: Method, system, apparatus, and/or device for determining when the dewar is filled with a medium. The fill gauge level apparatus includes a cylindrical body. The cylindrical body has a base on one end, a flange on an opposite open end and a cavity. The fill gauge level apparatus includes a fill gauge level device. The fill gauge level device is coupled to the cylindrical body and is positioned within the cavity. The fill gauge level devices includes a sensor for measuring a medium within a shipper. The fill gauge level devices includes an indicator. The indicator provides an indication when the medium has been filled to a threshold level within the shipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Cryoport, Inc.
    Inventors: Eden Sanchez, Bret Bollinger, Ben Lee
  • Patent number: 11906297
    Abstract: A probe device for a rotating head has at least one support arm that is mounted so as to rotate around an axis of rotation, at least one probe that is joined to the support arm, and at least one spring element that can be supported on the rotating head and engages at the support arm and that is provided for exerting a force on the support arm, which, as a result of this force, experiences a torque with respect to the axis of rotation. The support arm has at least one mount, which is concentric with the axis of rotation, for the spring element, which, when arranged on the mount, is bent at least in part around the axis of rotation. As a consequence, centrifugal forces that act on the spring element when the rotating head is in operation have no influence on the tension of the spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Prüftechnik Dieter Busch GmbH
    Inventor: Jürgen Peters
  • Patent number: 11906415
    Abstract: Embodiments of a sensor device, method and system employ one or more particle detection sensors to collect particle measurement values in a plurality of particle bins collecting particles of different sizes, generate a histogram representing the particle measurement values and determine based on a comparison of the histogram with a profile histogram for a pollutant, a match quality indicative of whether the pollutant is present in the environment. In various embodiments, a location of a pollutant is also determined according to the determined match quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Halo Smart Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Galburt, Kenneth Addy, Frank L. Jacovino
  • Patent number: 11898938
    Abstract: Integrity of a flexible bag already filled with a biopharmaceutical fluid is verified by a receiving and controlling device. The first wall and a second wall, forming two opposite walls on both sides of a longitudinal axis of the bag, are in contact with the fluid and with two parallel restraining plates of the device, while test pressure is controlled. Additionally, an integrity/non-integrity indicator device that comprises a pair of covering walls is provided to be interposed between the bag walls and the restraining plates. A leak through the bag walls can be detected by a color change of at least one continuous colorimetric detection layer, integral with or included in the pair of covering walls. Such continuous colorimetric detection layer is included in a permeable or impregnable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Marc Hogreve, Martin Dahlberg
  • Patent number: 11892384
    Abstract: An evaluation method of mixing uniformity of composite powder includes: determining raw materials of composite powder to be evaluated and mass ratio; mixing to obtain multiple standard composite powder with different mixing time; determining flow energy of each standard composite powder; analyzing the flow energy of multiple standard composite powders by significant difference method, determining at least 3 consecutive standard composite powders with no significant difference in flow energy according to mixing time from small to large, defining as uniform-mixed standard composite powder, calculating average value of flow energy of uniform-mixed standard composite powder, and recording as standard flow energy TFEs; determining the flow energy of composite powder to be evaluated, calculating percentage difference P·Vds between TFEd and TFEs, and evaluating mixing uniformity of composite powder according to P·Vds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Jinfeng Bi, Qinqin Chen, Xinye Wu, Xing Zhang, Jian Lyu, Ying Lyu
  • Patent number: 11874287
    Abstract: An auto-aligning cable sensor for performing measurements on a medium contained in a vessel is provided. The cable sensor includes a cable which has an end sensor and which is adapted to be carried by a mounting fixture. The mounting fixture and the vessel are movable into a measurement position relative to each other such that a contact face of the end sensor is held in alignment against a surface of the vessel by a pressing force, thereby enabling the end sensor to sense a characteristic of the medium contained in the vessel. The cable sensor further includes an elastically deformable coupling member which is arranged to mediate transfer of the pressing force from the mounting fixture to the cable and thence to the end sensor when the mounting fixture and the vessel are moved into the measurement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: The Automation Partnership (Cambridge) Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Stacey, Daren Huttlestone, Edmund Grace
  • Patent number: 11860063
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor system for monitoring the sealing of the connection between a sensor holder and a sensor that is mounted on the sensor holder. The sensor system includes a sensor holder, a sensor that is mounted on the sensor holder, and a leakage detector with a channel, which is arranged in the sensor holder and consists of one or more straight sections that are mounted perpendicular or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Fritz Lenk
  • Patent number: 11851966
    Abstract: A horizontal sampling soil drilling rig and a control method are used to solve the problem that the soil sampling device in the prior art has difficulty in horizontal sampling. The horizontal sampling soil drilling rig includes a rack, a connection assembly, a drive mechanism, a spiral drill rod, and a sampler. The rack is provided with a spline shaft and a screw rod in parallel. The screw rod and the spline shaft are connected through a first transmission assembly in transmission connection. The drive mechanism includes a rotation driver, a second transmission assembly, and a spline shaft sleeve. The spline shaft sleeve is rotationally connected to the rack, and the spline shaft sleeve and the spline shaft mesh with each other. The rotation driver is connected with the spline shaft through the second transmission assembly in transmission connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Maoyong He, Li Deng, Zhangdong Jin, Jun Xiao, Yuanyuan Cheng, Qing Zhou, Jiaxin Luo
  • Patent number: 11852569
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for low-pressure, low-flow dilution extraction. The system includes an outer housing, an inner housing partially within a heating element, and a manifold connected to the inner housing, having taps for a sample nozzle and dilution nozzle, and a through hole connecting the sample and dilution nozzle taps to allow a sample gas from, e.g., a stack to mix with a dilution gas before being drawn at a low pressure towards a gas analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Sean D. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11854845
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an environment can be used for monitoring concentrations of airborne contaminants in a plurality of process areas in a clean room. The system includes: a sampling device, configured to collect environmental samples from process areas and including a system sampling pipeline, the environmental sample including air; an analysis device, connected to an output end of the system sampling pipeline; an air supply device, connected to the system sampling pipeline and configured to provide a purge gas to the system sampling pipeline; and a humidification device, configured to provide water mist and connected between the air supply device and the system sampling pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Xubao Wang, Yunxiao Ding
  • Patent number: 11852564
    Abstract: The invention concerns the field of container closure integrity (CCI) and the testing of CCI and relates to a device and a method for providing a displacement of a rubber stopper for leakage testing of a connection between the rubber stopper and a corresponding drug container which can be used for storing drugs under sterile conditions and which is closed by said rubber stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Martin Vogt, Roman Mathaes, Hanns-Christian Mahler, Atanas Koulov, Gabriele Roidl, Franziska Riesen Fuchs
  • Patent number: 11841306
    Abstract: A sensor for the continuous in-situ analysis of an aerosol flow for measuring the mass of the micron/submicron particles suspended in the air flow, including an aeraulic sorter allowing the particles to be sorted according to their size with an impactor body with a cascade of one or more stages; at least one MEMS microbalance per stage, with an oscillating silicon membrane located on the impaction zone of the particles; processor connected to each MEMS microbalance to determine the mass of all the particles on the impaction zone; a system for cleaning the MEMS microbalances allowing the evacuation of the particles from the MEMS microbalances; means for driving the aerosol flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventors: Emmanuelle Algre, Ugur Soysal, Frederic Marty, Charles Motzkus, Enric Robine, Brice Berthelot, Evelyne Gehin
  • Patent number: 11841229
    Abstract: A driving circuit for a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope operating based on the Coriolis effect is provided. The driving circuit supplies drive signals to a mobile mass of the MEMS gyroscope to cause a driving movement of the mobile mass to oscillate at an oscillation frequency. The driving circuit includes an input stage, which receives at least one electrical quantity representing the driving movement and generates a drive signal based on the electrical quantity; a measurement stage, which measures an oscillation amplitude of the driving movement based on the drive signal; and a control stage, which generates the drive signals based on a feedback control of the oscillation amplitude. The measurement stage performs a measurement of a time interval during which the drive signal has a given relationship with an amplitude threshold, and measures the oscillation amplitude as a function of the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventor: Stefano Facchinetti
  • Patent number: 11835439
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a housing that has a sensor element inserted therein and holds the sensor element such that a detection unit is positioned at the tip end thereof in the axial direction, and an element cover disposed coaxially with the tip end. A tip surface of the outer cover has a plurality of outer tip surface holes provided outward from positions opposing the outer periphery of an inner tip surface hole. The tip surface of the outer cover includes a central portion which protrudes towards the inner tip surface hole, an outer peripheral portion in which the outer tip surface holes are formed and which is positioned farther toward the tip end than is the central portion, and an inclined surface connects the central portion to the outer tip surface holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventors: Yuto Tamei, Koichi Yoshida, Takehito Kimata
  • Patent number: 11835514
    Abstract: A breath analyte capture device includes a breath input port into which a user exhales a breath sample, and a cartridge insertion port for receiving a disposable cartridge containing an interactant. During exhalation of a breath sample, at least a portion of the breath sample is routed through the cartridge such that the analyte (such as breath acetone) is captured by the interactant. In some embodiments, the concentration of the analyte in the breath sample is measured by monitoring a chemical reaction that occurs in the disposable cartridge. The chemical reaction may be monitored by illuminating the cartridge at each of multiple light wavelengths while measuring reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Invoy Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Lubna Ahmad, Zachary Smith, Salman Ahmad, Connie Kim, Ayman Luqman
  • Patent number: 11835402
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention provides a soft electronic component having a signal electrode and one or more shielding electrodes overlapping the signal electrode to shield the signal electrode, wherein the soft electronic component is arranged to provide one or more signal-coupling regions in which the signal electrode is exposed by the one or more shielding electrodes to allow capacitive coupling of the signal electrode to a signal electrode of another component, wherein the one or more shielding electrodes are arranged to provide one or more shield-coupling regions to allow the capacitive coupling of a shielding electrode to the other component, and wherein the coupling region is covered by a dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Christopher Robert Walker
  • Patent number: 11828688
    Abstract: A system and process for collecting aerosol matter samples is disclosed. The system includes a circular sample cartridge holder that contains a plurality of sample cartridges. Each sample cartridge contains a filter media for collecting aerosol matter samples. The system further includes a docking device for receiving an aerosol-generating system. The docking device places the aerosol-generating system in engagement with one of the sample cartridges. The aerosol matter collecting system further includes an aerosol withdrawing device that causes a controlled puff volume to flow through a sample cartridge for collecting an aerosol matter sample. The system can be completely automated and can collect samples on a puff by puff basis. The system and process are well suited to analyzing aerosols collected heated tobacco product system, but can also be used to test smoking articles, such as cigarettes, or any other device or product such as e cigarette that produces an aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Mativ Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathalie Durot, Stephane Rouillard, Franck Binard
  • Patent number: 11828695
    Abstract: A method for surface characterization of a porous solid or powder sample using flowing gas includes a controller that controls mass flow of a carrier gas and an adsorptive gas to form a mixture having a target concentration of the adsorptive gas over the sample, determining adsorptive gas concentration based on signals from a detector disposed downstream of the sample, automatically repeating the controlling and determining steps for a plurality of different target concentrations, and generating an isotherm for the sample based on the adsorptive gas concentration for the plurality of different target concentrations. The method may include immersing the sample in liquid nitrogen to cool the sample for all, or at least a portion of each of the different target concentrations. The target concentrations may vary from less than 5% to greater than 95%, and may vary in a stepwise manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: HORIBA Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Miroslav Pejcinovic, Jeffrey Taylor Bodycomb
  • Patent number: 11815429
    Abstract: Disclosed are a pin hole inspection apparatus and method for determining whether or not the vacuum-packed state of a Front Opening Shipping Box (FOSB) vacuum-packed with film paper is defective. The pin hole inspection apparatus includes a receiving unit configured such that the FOSB vacuum-packed with the film paper is received thereon and supported thereby, an adsorption unit vacuum-adsorbed onto a target part of the film paper, configured to surround the FOSB received on and supported by the receiving unit, so as to pull the film paper, a displacement measurement unit configured to measure a degree of swelling of the film paper pulled through the adsorption unit, and a processing unit configured to determine whether or not a pin hole is generated by comparing a measurement displacement value acquired through the displacement measurement unit with a pre-stored reference displacement value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: SK SILTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Rak Kim, Jin Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 11815035
    Abstract: A particulate matter (PM) sensor circuit arrangement includes a PM sensor. The sensor includes, integral therewith, a PM sensor resistor, a resistive temperature device (RTD) resistor, and a heater resistor. The PM sensor includes four terminal pins, of which a) a first terminal pin is connected to one terminal of the PM sensor resistor; a second terminal pin is connected to one terminal side of said RTD resistor; c) a third terminal pin being connected to one terminal of a heater resistor; and d) a fourth common terminal pin is connected to respective opposite terminals of the PM sensor resistor, RTD resistor, and heater resistor to the first, second, and third terminal pins. The fourth common terminal pin is operationally connected to a boost or voltage supply and the first pin is connected to a low side line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies IP Limited
    Inventor: Kin Beng Wan